apiary services

Don Hopkins helps keep the bees buzzing

Don Hopkins knows his way around a beehive. Hopkins is the NCDA&CS Apiary Inspection Supervisor, which puts him in charge of helping beekeepers across the state maintain the health and safety of their hives. The program includes six inspectors and a lab technician who together serve the entire state. “What we do is inspect the […]

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Growing season keeps commercial beekeepers buzzing

With blueberries in bloom in White Lake, some of the state’s tiniest agricultural workers are hard at work. Each year, farmers contract with commercial beekeepers to bring in tractor-trailer loads of bees to help pollinate their crops. This happens in North Carolina as well as other large agricultural states, including California. Each tractor-trailer load holds […]

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